Coral Gables Paternity Lawyers
Representation for Paternity Actions in the Miami Area
From a legal perspective, paternity is essentially the status of being a child’s father. When a child is born out of wedlock in Florida, a paternity action must be filed to establish who the legal father is, and to give the father, mother, and child access to certain rights and privileges.
At Gautier & Hasty, P.L., our Coral Gables paternity attorneys have extensive experience with paternity actions. Our focus on family law gives us a unique understanding of how these actions affect things like child custody, child support, and even inheritance. Whether you are a mother or a father seeking to establish paternity, you can count on our firm to provide the dedicated guidance you need.
Are you a father trying to secure your parental rights? Call (305) 447-0766 to learn how we can help.
How is Paternity Established?
If the mother is married when the child is born, her husband will be legally presumed to be the child’s father. If the mother marries the biological father after the child is born, they will become the legal father through legitimization. When paternity is not disputed for unmarried couples, a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity form can be filled out to establish the legal father.
When paternity is disputed by either the father or mother, however, things can get a bit more complex. Parties wishing to establish the paternity of a child will need to file a paternity action with the court. These actions can be brought by the parents, but the Florida Department of Revenue may order a genetic test for the purposes of child support.
Who may bring a paternity action in Florida?
- The child’s mother
- A man who believes he is the father, or has been named as the father by another
- The child’s legal representative
- The Florida Department of Revenue
There are many reasons to establish paternity. Discuss your case for free in an initial consultation.
Call (305) 447-0766 For Experienced Guidance
Whether you are a mother seeking child support from the biological father, or a father looking to establish visitation rights and a relationship with your child, call us today. With more than 50 years of collective experience, our Coral Gables paternity lawyers are well-equipped to handle even the most complex cases. When you retain our firm we will take the time to learn about you and your unique goals, and will work tirelessly to help you achieve them.
We proudly offer our clients a high standard of dedicated, effective counsel. Contact us todayto discuss your case at no cost.